When Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes were delivered to the children of Bonanamo, a coastal fishing village in Papua New Guinea. daily life was far from easy. Amidst the beautiful palm trees and white sand beach of Bonanamo, villagers had little or no access to safe drinking water and were constantly at risk of sickness and even death from drinking dirty water.
As a result of the shoebox distribution, our partner in Papua New Guinea, built five wells in Bonanamo and today, the entire village has access to safe water!
Samaritan’s Purse staff travelled to the village for the official opening ceremony of the wells. While we were there, we spoke with a village aunty whose sister had died from tuberculosis just a few months before, leaving the aunty as the sole caretaker of her three young children. These five new wells meant she would have safe water for all of her children!
For the opening ceremony, the people of Bonanamo prepared food and organised a formal celebration with dancing from the children and speeches from the village elders. Packs of tools and instruction manuals for maintaining the wells were presented to the leaders of the village by our partner. A local church partner also gave two cooking ovens to the community which will help the people prepare food safely and also provide a source of income as they can bake and sell bread and other food.
When it was time to officially open the wells, we gathered around one of the wells that was surrounded by a fence made from branches. The fence was opened up with the help of a jungle knife and the wells were declared open!
Everyone clapped and cheered as the water flowed from the new well.
Today, the people of Bonanamo have an abundance of safe water to drink. Thanks to your support these villagers have unrestricted access to safe drinking water.
Millions of people in the developing world still have no access to safe water- a child dies from a water borne disease every 90 seconds.
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